What is an Informational Interview?
An informational interview is an informal meeting with an employed professional, where the job seeker seeks career advice, information on the industry or workplace culture. Informational interviews are excellent tools for meeting and seeking advice from experts in your industry, or individuals who can serve as great resources down the line.
How to set up an informational interview?
Informational interviews can be in-person, over the phone, or even through Skype or a video chat. In-person informational interviews can be held at the potential employers office, or even over coffee or lunch.
The best way to go about scheduling an informational interview is to contact the individual via email, and express a clear interest in meeting or chatting.
Whenever you have an informational interview, remember the most important thing you should ask at the end of your conversation:
“So now that we had time to chat, do you know anybody else I should meet?”
This question allows you to grow your network and continue to connect with new people in your industry! For more tips on key questions to ask in an informational interview, check out this article!
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